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Although pooches can be man’s best friend, at the same time they can have some very embarrassing habits--mounting is a perfect example of one of these. There are a number of situations where this can be the case. Ffor example, imagine your pooch starts mounting an important guest, maybe even an in-law! It’ll be extremely embarrassing when she tells you ‘you shouldn’t have gotten that dog’. Or maybe you’re having family time and it’s rudely interrupted by your pooch mounting an item of furniture and your kids turn to you and ask you what he’s doing. I’m sure that’s a conversation you could do without having for the time being. If these situations are happening to you and you love your four-legged friend, but not his bad mounting habits, teach him some manners and to stop mounting.
Not only can mounting be a very embarrassing pupper habit, it can also be a troublesome behavior. If you’ve got a large breed pooch and they start mounting friends and family, this can result in some serious injuries as this will likely knock your guest or relative to the ground. Mounting can also be the sign of behavioral issues, as if a dog feels they can mount you, it can be an expression of their dominance over you. Your pooch needs to know that you’re the alpha and in control. Pooches will also mount other dogs. This can be dangerous to your pooch, as the other dog might not take too kindly to being mounted. This set of circumstances could cause the other dog to snap and may result in your pooch having a nasty bite, requiring veterinary treatment. Although this behavior can be trained out of some dogs and wouldn’t be expected in male pets until they reach sexual maturity at 6 months, with others it won’t be possible. It could take a couple of months to train this behavior out of your pooch. Neutering, using hormonal treatments, or seeking the advice of a behavioral specialist may be necessary.
A few methods can be tried for this trick and as such, equipment will be required for the method of your choosing. If you don’t have a crate for your dog, purchasing one is a good idea to help prevent this behavior. You should crate train your dog before using it for the prevention of mounting. Make sure you grab some tasty treats for when he’s a good boy and listens to you. Another piece of kit that might help is buying a hormone diffuser or spray from the vets' to relax your pooch or a spray from the pet shop that discourages bad behavior in your pooch.
The Stress-Free Method
Find the stressor
Mounting isn’t always a sexual behavior, especially if your pupper is mounting and they’ve been neutered, it could be your pup displaying signs of stress.
Get a pheromone product
If you’re unsure of the cause of your pooch's stress, buy a pheromone diffuser or spray, this will remind your pup of when they were with their mom and help to reduce stress levels.
Seek medical advice
If you’ve tried the above steps and your pooch is still displaying mounting behaviors, take him to the vets for a check up, just to make sure he doesn’t have any underlying health problems causing his mounting behavior.
After you’ve talked to your vet, the problem may well be that your pooch is displaying sexual behavior because the testosterone is running a bit high and it’s time to neuter.
Talk to a behaviorist
If you’re still having issues, it might be time to get help from a behaviorist, as your dog's mounting could well be a learned behavior that can’t be eliminated easily.
The Break It Up Method
When you have a guest over and your pooch goes to mount them, teach them that the behavior isn’t acceptable by getting them straight in the crate.
Make sure every time he displays this behavior it’s straight in the crate for him.
Let him out
Let your pooch out and see how he does when someone comes through the door, if he's good and greets them nicely without mounting, give him a treat.
Sacrifice a toy
Give them a toy or object you don’t mind them humping to distract them from your guests.
Get him to ask first
Although you don’t want to encourage your pooch humping your guests, you can let them hump the toy/object you’ve designated, but train them to ask first by getting them to sit or give paw beforehand.
The Discouragement Method
Catch it early
Make sure as soon as your dog starts mounting, you get him to stop by pulling them off the object, dog, or person straight away.
Use a discouraging scent
To stop them mounting, spray your pooch with the anti misbehaving spray that you’ve bought from a pet store. Although it sounds mean, it’s mostly just cold air and a bit of a shock to the system that will get your pooch to snap out of it. It won’t harm him either, just make sure you buy a safe product.
Set up a play date
Try and set up play time with a friend’s tolerant dog, that won’t mind mounting behavior too much.
Try body blocking
Stop your pooch from mounting his playmate by putting your body in the way and blocking him. This can be done subtlety with a hip or knee. But don’t intervene if your dog is engaging in normal friendly play, learn to read his behavior and know when he’s about to mount.
Yelling at him is likely to encourage rather than deter mounting behavior as he will become more fearful, and in turn respond with an aggressive behavior such as mounting or fighting.
By Catherine Lee-Smith
Published: 12/06/2017, edited: 01/08/2021